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New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley is trying to learn from his minor hamstring injury sustained on Monday.

Monday’s practice for the New York Giants gave everyone a scare. After overextending for a pass from rookie quarterback Kyle Lauletta, rookie running back Saquon Barkley came down awkwardly. It was eventually announced that the first-round pick had strained his hamstring on that very play. However, Barkley and the Giants were fortunate enough to find out it’s a only a minor, day-to-day injury.

Although a non-serious situation, the former Penn State Nittany Lion is attempting to learn from his first-ever NFL injury.

“It’s kinda just opened my eyes up,” Barkley told the media on Thursday, per a report from Ed Valentine of Big Blue View. “I thought I was doing the right things. In there, working hard, pushing myself to get better, taking care of my body. But you gotta find a way to get better in that area.”

The Giants arrived in Detroit Monday for a three-day stint of joint practices with the Lions. This comes before the two organizations square up against each other in each of their second preseason games on Friday. Barkley hasn’t practiced for the team since the injury, but is reported as wanting to play Friday night.

Although frustrating for the Big Blue running back, Barkley seems to be staying optimistic. “I probably could have done everything differently…I gotta continue to grow there and continue to be a vet and be a pro,” Barkley said Thursday.

The Giants and Lions kickoff Friday at 7PM EST in Detroit. As for Barkley, the smart thing to do would for him to not see the field. Head coach Pat Shurmur and the rest of the coaching staff need to be cautious and smart with how they handle the situation. Giving Barkley the rest he most certainly deserves will most likely be the more beneficial move.

Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.